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Partners In Process Optimization

Posted by TechStar on Jan 28, 2021 8:30:00 AM

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The technical experience within our walls is the true TechStar difference. Our technical specialists have extensive knowledge of innovative solutions, facility wide process applications & your industry as a whole. We go beyond simply providing equipment.

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Topics: Process Optimization

Measuring Water Vapor In Hydrocarbon Streams

Posted by TechStar on Jan 20, 2021 9:45:00 AM

Measuring Water Vapor in Hydrocarbon Streams

Extracted from a variety of different sources, natural gas is composed of many different hydrocarbons and includes other, less desirable, impurities. These impurities – such as water, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide – are removed due to adverse effects, including:

  • Reducing the heating value of the natural gas
  • Damaging piping and other mechanical hardware due to freezing or corrosion
  • Meeting tariff limits associated with transaction contracts
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Topics: Moisture Measurement Solutions, AMETEK Process Instruments

Heavy Resid Flow; A Safe & Reliable Solutions

Posted by TechStar on Dec 10, 2020 4:30:00 PM

Written By TechStar Solution Specialist, Josh Longcor

It is safe to say that everyone’s goal in process control is to increase reliability of their process measurements. Facilities spend endless resources to identify and displace problematic points, also know as “bad actors”. One common problem area in a refinery is reliably measuring the heavy residual hydrocarbons from the “bottoms” of the distillation towers in the crude unit. Typically, these applications are Vaccum Distillation (VDU) Feed & Delayed Coker (DCU) Feed; also known as crude furnace pass flows.

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Topics: Yokogawa, Ultrasonic Flow, flow

Direct Mass Measurement of Flare & Combustor Gas Flow Rates

Posted by TechStar on Nov 18, 2020 8:42:00 AM

Providing exceptional low-flow sensitivity for accurate measurement over a wide range of flaring operations

Flare stacks and combustors are used to burn waste gases from the plant, converting chemical and organic hydrocarbons into primarily water vapor and CO2. Some processes also use relief valves to vent flammable gases to the flare stack during upset conditions.

Applications include oil and gas well drilling operations, oil refineries, chemical process plants, gas distribution infrastructure, and landfills. Flares are subject to stringent regulations, requiring operators to measure, record and report the amount of flared gases.

Due to the potential for large changes in flow rates, density, pressure and gas composition, flare gas measurement is one of the most difficult and demanding flow applications. Fox Thermal flow meters have demonstrated their ability to measure the low-flow rates typical of normal flare conditions, and also the high velocities found in upset conditions.

Fluid composition and installation anomalies can also affect flow meter performance. Fox Thermal's calibration lab employs a wide range of gases, gas mixtures, temperatures, pressures and line sizes to simulate actual fluid and process conditions. This real-world approach improves installed accuracy and minimizes measurement uncertainty.

Fox Flow Meter Advantages in Emissions Monitoring Applications

  • Exceptional low-flow sensitivity for accurate measurement over a wide range of flaring operations

  • Stainless steel sensor is suitable for corrosive, particulate-laden gas streams

  • No temperature and pressure compensation required

  • Direct mass flow measurement

  • Built-in alarms, totalizers and a wide variety of communications protocols available for easy interfacing with emissions management systems

Typical Applications Include:
  • Oil and Gas Well Drilling Operations (On and Off shore)

  • Oil Refineries

  • Chemical/Petrochemical Processing Plants

  • Gas Distribution Infrastructure

  • Landfills

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Topics: Fox Thermal, Thermal Gas Mass Flow Meters, Flow Solutions, Flare Gas

Elevating Success: Measurements in Wastewater Lift Stations

Posted by TechStar on Oct 14, 2020 2:56:00 PM

Written By TechStar Solutions Specialist, Josh Longcor

Lift stations are collection facilities designed to move wastewater from lower to higher elevation through pipe systems, particularly where elevation changes are not able to provide gravity flow or where excavation and sewer construction costs are high. These collection stations are automated because there is no regular onsite personnel present to ensure their operation. They use electrical, mechanical and control equipment to ensure reliable operation and require intermittent inspection to ensure they function properly and are not nearing a potential failure.

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Topics: Pressure Solutions, Wastewater

Solution Breakdown: TDLS8000

Posted by TechStar on Sep 3, 2020 11:23:00 AM

Written By TechStar Solutions Specialist, Don Wyatt

Do you have Fired Heaters, High Performance Furnaces, Incinerators, Selective Catalytic Reduction Units (SCRs), Flare Lines, Tanks to blanket, Reactors to monitor, Marine Terminals for loading or unloading ships and barges?  If so, then you probably either have online gas analyzers or need them.  Many people that own these assets really don’t like online process analyzers or don’t like what it take to keep them running.  Traditionally these analyzers have been more complex then most of the instrumentation that is used in our industry.  This leads to performance less than the user would expect.  

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Topics: Yokogawa, Analytical Solutions

Wirelessly Enabling Flow Meters

Posted by TechStar on Aug 20, 2020 11:26:00 AM

Measuring the flow of a fluid or gas is essential to many industrial processes. Many technologies exist to measure flow including Electromagnetic, Ultrasonic, Turbine, Vortex, Positive Displacement, Coriolis, and Thermal Mass flow meters. The ability to monitor the flow rate and flow totals from various flow meters wirelessly enables users to avoid costly conduit runs from the point of the flow measurement back to a central controller.

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Topics: Flow Meter Solutions, Signal Fire, Wireless and Telemetry Solutions

Introducing: THE UNIT

Posted by TechStar on Jul 8, 2020 11:36:00 AM

Interactive training that is specific to your company’s process is always preferred but interrupting production to test your new knowledge is probably not an option. This is where the newest addition to our Training & Development Solutions, The Functional Verification Unit – THE UNIT, comes into play. 

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Topics: Training, THE UNIT

Over-Speed Protection For Industrial Compressors

Posted by TechStar on Jun 25, 2020 3:45:00 PM

Industrial compressors are often used in large chemical plants to supply headers with air for pneumatic instruments and valves. These compressors have to run at precise speeds.  If they start to run too fast they can become very dangerous and expensive to repair.  

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Topics: Moore Industries, Temperature Solutions

FLOW SURVEY SOLVES A MUNICIPALITY FLOW RATE MYSTERY

Posted by TechStar on Jun 16, 2020 3:49:00 PM

No matter your industry, an accurate flow measurement has a significant impact on safety, environmental protection/compliance and your bottom line. With so many moving parts within your process, it can be a challenge to keep up with flow rate over long periods of time.

Learn how a municipality conducted a flow survey to retrieve wastewater flow data without having to entering manholes.

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Topics: flow survey